The City of Regina is used to hosting Manitobans for the Labour Day Classic. This year, they rolled out the welcome mat again to Manitobans twice.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC), along with local Chambers representing Winnipeg, Assiniboia, Dauphin, Morden, Winkler, Brandon, and Portage la Prairie are taking part in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the Saskatchewan capital. This yearly gathering brings Chambers from across the country together to mingle, rekindle relationships with colleagues, learn some new ways to increase our value to our members, and set the policy framework for the national chamber to take to the federal government.

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The Chamber AGM traditionally begins with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada (CCEC). The organization is dedicated to serving the interests of executives involved in the management of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade across Canada. This year marked the 49th year of CCEC and was highlighted by a session dedicated to refining and improving our advocacy with all levels of government. The CCEC members also handed some hardware, naming the Chamber Staff Person of the Year (won by Peterbourgh Chamber Communications and Policy Specialist Sandra Dueck), and a special award honouring the career of Dave Angus (details below). MCC is happy to have a new representative sitting on the CCEC Board of Directors. Our Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Carolynne Jansen, is excited to join the Board, and we thank her for taking on the new responsibilities.

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The main portion of the AGM started Saturday afternoon and continued today. Manitoba’s representation continued our caucus partnership with Saskatchewan Chambers to discuss the proposed policy resolutions. This year also included some much-needed discussions surrounding issues facing our respective Northern communities. The National Chamber network also heard some very interesting and frank discussions around the upcoming U.S. election and how a Trump or Clinton Presidency could impact business in our country and future trade deals.

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The majority of the weekend is dedicated to debating and passing policy resolutions submitted by Chambers from across the network. This year, more than 65 policies were submitted, covering trade, taxation, natural resources, and the environment. After some discussion with the Winnipeg Airports Authority, MCC worked with Chambers from B.C. to make some amendments to a resolution enhancing Canada’s air travel competitiveness.

The AGM wraps Monday (September 19) with details already being shared on next year’s gathering in Fredericton, N.B. and it appears both MCC Director of Policy and Communications Cory Kolt (left) and President and CEO, Chuck Davidson (right) are already gearing up for it!

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